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Let's Be Cops (2014)

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Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.


Luke Greenfield
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Johnson ... Ryan
Damon Wayans Jr. ... Justin
Rob Riggle ... Segars
Nina Dobrev ... Josie
James D'Arcy ... Mossi
Keegan-Michael Key ... Pupa
Andy Garcia ... Brolin
Jonathan Lajoie ... Todd Cutler
Tom Mardirosian ... Georgie
Natasha Leggero ... Annie
Rebecca Koon ... Lydia
Joshua Ormond ... Little Joey
L. Warren Young ... Jackson
Nelson Bonilla ... Pasha
Brian Oerly ... Goran


It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Written by 20th Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fake Cops. Real Trouble.


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Luke Greenfield Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,813,722, 15 August 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Datasat | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point they mention going after a 5150, which is a Welfare and Institutions code for a crazy person. See more »


When Ryan and Justin are looking through Mossi Kasic's file with Segars at the police station, one of the papers is a "Notice of Inmate's Release" form, noting the "INMATE DATE OF BIRH" (sic) as 07/15/2009 and the "DATE OF SENTENCING" of 02/08/1995, suggesting that Mossi was sentenced 14 years before his own birth. See more »


Justin: I look like somebody hit me in the face with Lil Wayne.
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Crazy Credits

Another montage of Ryan and Justin posing as cops is shown during the end credits. See more »


Referenced in Someone Has to Review It!: Let's Be Cops (2014) See more »


Addio Del Passato
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (as Guiseppe Verdi)
Courtesy of de Wolfe LTD
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Soon-To-Be Cult-Classic.
13 January 2015 | by powermandanSee all my reviews

Upon its release, Let's Be Cops got negative reviews. It wasn't panned, people and critics just said it simply wasn't good. There is a group of people that loved this. Many cult classics were hated at first, then eventually get a fan base. I am part of that fan base.

What people really need to know about Let's Be Cops is that it's not a dim-witted comedy. Dim- witted comedies are like Strange Wilderness, Brothers Soloman, and Dude, Where's My Car? Those are plagued with dumb characters and a lack of intelligence and heart. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. are the main characters who are much smarter than the average dim-witted character. Johnson is pretty close, but not quite. I will admit this movie isn't very funny, nor funny as a typical dim-witted comedy. Perhaps it would have been funnier if it had more dim- witted elements and characters. Perhaps not.

Let's Be Cops is about two thirty-year-old best friends, Ryan O'Malley and Justin Miller (Johnson, Wayans), who live in Los Angeles for opportunity, but think it's time to go back to Ohio. Justin works at a video game company where he is a big pushover; Ryan doesn't work and and aspires to nothing, just wishing he could play pro-football. When they intercept real police uniforms, they act like real cops, then get involved in a high-profile drug case. The first little bit when they dress up as cops and start acting like them is pretty funny because we all know everybody would try to abuse their privilege. Then the funniness starts to die down, but that is when the brains of the movie come.

What makes Let's Be Cops so appealing that so many people miss is what the police work does to Ryan and Justin. For Ryan, it gives him a sense of enjoyment and pride which he hasn't had in a long time. For Justin, it gives him confidence and helps with his assertiveness. That is what the movie is all about: finding your true self. Is the movie unrealistic and silly? Of course, but that's what makes it a nice watch. Two losers put on police outfits and something changes inside themselves. They find the respect they've always longed for.

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